#BuffaloeSelfie – Join Us on Instagram

Let Me Take a Selfie….

Buffaloe Lanes wants to see you doing your thing on the lanes and there is no better way to share your fun with us then to put it on Instagram!

Best part is that if you put a selfie on Instagram from any of the Buffaloe Lanes locations, you could be entered into a contest to win some great prizes.  There are a few things that you have to remember to participate:

  1. Posted between September 14th and October 18th .
  2. Only pictures posted to Instagram will be included in the contest.
  3. Any picture posted must include @buffaloelanes and #buffaloeselfie.
  4. Pictures must be taken inside a Buffaloe Lanes bowling center.
  5. Have fun and try to make the picture interesting.
  6. Photos must be posted as public so they show up on the #buffaloeselfie feed.
  7. Buffaloe Lanes staff are not eligible to win prizes.

So grab your friends, family or a random stranger and take a selfie today!

Click here for complete contest rules & information!

Time to hit the lanes again…

While the temperatures are still summer-like, it is hard to believe that the summer is almost over.  So what does that mean for most of us?

Fall bowling leagues are cranking up Back_2_bowling_graphicand while it might feel like last season just wrapped up a few weeks ago, the fact is that if you didn’t bowl a summer league then you might need to roll a few games to get back in the swing of things before the first night of league.  You might also need some time to recover after that practice session (at least for those of us that continue to get older) since you will use muscles you haven’t used in a little while.

Some of you may have heard that the local certification fee has increased since last season…  This increase comes with a promise from the CAUSBC that the extra $3 will only be used towards local awards for the CAUSBC bowlers.

Of course this increase has some bowlers a bit upset and asking a lot of questions about certification and what are the benefits and the all important question, “what do I get or what awards am I going to get”?

Let’s first look at the different bowling industry associations:

Each of these associations receives a piece of the total certification fee most bowlers pay every year to participate in a certified league.  The 2015-2016 certification fee will be a total of $20 (National: $10, State: $1, Local: $9).   *This is for the standard adult league bowler and does NOT include the seniors and/or youth certification.

So as a bowler what would you like to see from your local, state and national USBC?  Do you understand USBC certification and the importance?


Buffaloe Lanes Youth Awards Store

Winning Isn’t Everything…Getting Cool Stuff Is!

“OMG… USBC isn’t giving kids awards anymore.  How could they do something like that?”, is a phrase most of us in the bowling industry have heard coming into this bowling season.

Bowlers, parents and proprietors continue to belly ache about no more awards for the kids, even though most thought the awards were “cheap” and they took too long to get.  But USBC also dropped the cost per youth bowler back to only $4, which gave local associations and bowling centers the opportunity to continue to charge a “registration fee” to help provide awards to these young bowlers.

The announcement was actually great news because centers could now develop their own awards program and meet the needs of their bowlers, plus these awards could help meet the “instant gratification” that our society has come to expect.

Buffaloe Lanes Family Bowling Centers did just that with their new youth awards program.

At Buffaloe Lanes we want every kid to have FUN and bowl well, while at the same time being able to take home some swag for knocking down pins. With that in mind our creative staff has developed an awards program just for our youth league bowlers where kids can earn awards and “Buffaloe Bucks” to purchase their Buffaloe Lanes swag from the new “Buffaloe Lanes Youth Awards Store“.

All_awardsAfter months of work, Buffaloe Lanes officially launched the online portion of their youth awards program complete with an online awards store where the kids can select what Buffaloe Lanes Swag they would like to spend their “Buffaloe Bucks” on at anytime.

Kids will have the opportunity to earn, save and spend their “Buffaloe Bucks” for merchandise they choose from the Buffaloe Lanes Youth Awards Store.  Every kid will earn bucks just for participation and will also earn bucks based on a set of achievements.  These bucks can be saved for things like a bowling ball or can be spent on a pen, pencil, accessory bag…etc.

So why do centers wait on USBC to take care of their bowlers, while at the same time complaining about the limited awards programs they have to offer.  Now bowling centers and local associations have the opportunity to step in and take care of their bowlers the best way they see fit.

With this structure of self-processing for the youth bowlers in place, how long will it be before the adults follow?  Will centers start to develop their own awards programs for the adults?  What are other bowling centers doing to take care of their bowlers?


Why do you bowl or not bowl?

Thousands of bowlers hit the lanes this time of year as the fall league season gets underway.  BUT so many people are missing out on the fun and excitement of bowling a league.  Whether you are or are not a league bowler, read on because there is something for both of you.


A healthy & fun activity for all ages!

For the non-league bowlers, the most common misconception about joining a league is that “leagues are for good bowlers and pros”.  WRONG! – Most leagues use a handicap system that allows an equal playing field for those of us who might clean the gutters a few times in a game.  And why would you want to miss out on being part of a group of people where you can make new friends, build lasting relationships and share your life stories with every week?  So instead of spending $4-$5 daily on an over-priced cup of coffee to feel like you fit in with the crowd, visit your nearest bowling alley and make that your “third place”.  The coffee is cheap, the WiFi is free and there are lots of opportunities to meet new people.

And now for the league bowlers that have made Buffaloe Lanes Family Bowling Centers their “third place“, why do you bowl?  Some of you enjoy the competition but a majority of you bowl a league because you have formed relationships with your teammates and enjoy having this other place besides home (1st place) & work (2nd place).  It is a place where you can talk, laugh, complain and more about your 1st & 2nd places in your life.  Buffaloe Lanes is your extended family and we are glad that you have allowed us to fill that aspect in your life.

League bowler or not… Why do you bowl?  Why don’t you bowl?  Why not make bowling a part of your life?

Summer is over, so now what?

Even though the temperatures are still reaching into the 90s, this time of year means back to fall league bowling for most bowlers.  After the summer tournaments and fun leagues most of us bowlers meet back up with our teams from the previous fall season and head back to the lanes in search of being the league champion this season.

Each season we have to make choices…

Which day of the week should I bowl? … Which league has the best payout? … Which league is more competitive? … Which league is more fun? … Do I stay with my team from last season? … Should I bowl a sport or challenge league? … Which center should I bowl at? … etc.

So many decisions to make but in the end, we come back to bowling as the summer ends.  So why do you bowl a league?  Or maybe why don’t you bowl in a league?

It’s never too late to join a league at Buffaloe Lanes Family Bowling Centers!

Buffaloe Lanes Youth Bowlers Ready for National Tournament

Time to hit the road for 44 youth bowlers from Buffaloe Lanes Family Bowling Centers in North Carolina.  This group of kids ranging in age from 11 to 20 years old will make the 600 plus mile trip north to Buffalo, New York, where they will compete in the 2014 Junior Gold Championships.

A record field of 2,770 youth bowlers are registered to compete in this national tournament with the hopes of making Junior Team USA and also walking away with a piece of the more than $200,000 scholarship prize fund.

Registration and practice sessions begin on Saturday and the qualifying rounds begin Monday.  The Buffaloe Lanes Jr. Gold Team qualifiers had some last minute practice and coaching this past Saturday.

Safe travels and good luck to all of these boys and girls at the 2014 Junior Gold Championships.  Look for updates during the tournament on the Buffaloe Lanes website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and right here on our blog.

A Great Event & Benefit of Bowling at Buffaloe Lanes

Late Saturday evening the 12th Annual Buffaloe Lanes Team Championship Tournament wrapped up with “Typical Sam” from Buffaloe Lanes Cary taking home the trophy and a check for $5,000.Champions_poster

But this tournament is about so much more than just the $20,000 prize fund.  The annual tournament sponsored by the owners of Buffaloe Lanes is a league bowler benefit for bowling at one of the Buffaloe Lanes Centers.  Every league bowler has an opportunity to win a free entry into the tournament or they can purchase an at-large entry.

This season’s tournament was the first for members from the newest Buffaloe Lanes location in Mebane, NC.  Buffaloe Lanes Mebane had a good showing with 8 teams participating in the tournament and they look forward to many more teams joining in the fun next year.

More than 100 teams (5-person) bowled over the two-day tournament with hopes of taking home a portion of the prize fund.  But outside of the tournament prize fund there were lots of other opportunities to win cash & prizes.

Excitement is an understatement….

Terry Lewis rolled a single strike worth $600 in the Skins Game, which is played after the last squad bowls and while the final results are being calculated.  10 bowlers are selected and each at least has a chance at $100!

While the competition is intense…

the spirit of the tournament is FUN and EXCITING!

The staff works hard putting this tournament together each year and in the end it is all worth it.  Not only do the bowlers have a weekend of food, fun and friendly competition but, the Buffaloe Lanes family and staff takes this opportunity to show their appreciation to the league bowlers for choosing Buffaloe Lanes as their home for bowling!

Everyone is already looking forward to the 2014-2015 Buffaloe Lanes league bowling season and the 13th Annual Buffaloe Lanes Team Championship Tournament next year at Buffaloe Lanes North.